Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 5
Hours: 37 lecture, 86 laboratory per quarter (123 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the plumbing & pipefitting apprenticeship program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to identify standard architectural symbols used on a construction print.
  • A student will be able to identify common types of drawings.
  • A student will be able to describe the purpose of specifications.


Students will gain a working knowledge of advanced plan reading and computer-aided drafting (CAD) as it applies to the plumbing industry. This course is required to meet the certificate requirements to become a journeyman plumber.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Perform advanced plan reading
B. Perform computer aided drafting skills

Course Content

A. Advance plan reading
1. Plan review
2. Formulas and tables
3. Pipe measurement
B. Computer aided drafting (CAD)
1. Introduction to computer programming
2. Navigation tools and inputing
3. Drawing and schematics

Lab Content

Students will work individually on applying advance plan reading and computer aided drafting concepts to the layout of piping systems in the lab:
A. Utilize advanced plan reading skills
B. Perform math formulas for related advanced plan lay out
C. Convert metric measurements
D. Utilize instruments used for piping systems layout

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with overhead projector
B. Computers
C. Calculators

Method(s) of Evaluation

Written examination
Hands-on demonstration
Chapter quizzes
Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices. Advance Plan Reading, Student Version AutoCAD 2010. 2009.

NOTE: This is the Plumbing textbook used for this course. Although it may not be within 5 years of the required published date, it is the most current book used when teaching this course. We will adopt the next edition, as it is published.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Readings from the textbook. Examples include:
1. Advance plan reading and computer aided drafting (CAD) for the plumbing trades (Chapters 1-3)
2. Application of Geometry for the Plumbing Trades (Chapter 4)
3. Instrumentation for Piping Systems Layouts (Chapters 1-3)
B. Writing assignments; examples include:
1. Utilize math calculations for pipe measurements
2. Use geometry of piping systems
3. Apply formulas for related advance plan reading in the pipe trades
4. Calculate metric measurements for piping system layouts